"Paws" by Pete Toms

Pete Toms is back with part 2 of PAWS, which he describes as a horror comic about watching TV.

The comic is essentially a horror comic about a guy that only experiences the outside world through television trying to sell an autobiographical screenplay. It has all the same themes as my other comics, how people choose identity roles, the media’s effect on memory, how we mythologize our personalities, but this one has a lot more dogs and possibly werewolves, and jokes about how creepy sitcom laugh-tracks are.

I’m doing the same stuff as always, drawing at night, using my natural jazz dancing ability to put my kids through college during the day.

Here’s a great interview Pete did with Escape from Suicide Wolf Forest where he shares the harrowing details of joining a street gang at age 8.

Sat July 24, Pioneertown (near Joshua Tree): Radar Bros., Sleepy Sun, Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound * FREE * all ages

poster artwork by Pete Toms

Arthur Magazine is super psyched to welcome longtime office favorites (and ArthurFest ’05 alumni) Radar Brothers, Sleepy Sun and Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound to High Desert honkytonk Pappy and Harriet’s Palace in Pioneertown, California, near the Joshua Tree National Park.

The Radars—makers of “space cake/ice cream art rock” (their words)—are touring behind their sixth album, The Illustrated Garden, recently released by Merge Records. Gorgeous as always, it’s their first with a new rhythm section, which picks up the pace here and there from the usual Radars lope and burn. (You can listen to a stream of the album at the Merge site.)

Arrive early, as our friends from Los Angeles will go onstage at 8pm, as the sun goes down over the High Desert—in other words, right when and where they belong.

Around 10pm, Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound will take the stage. Here’s a warm, almost mournful slice of archetypal West Coast psychedelic guitar rock off When Sweet Sleep Returned, the Bay Area quartet’s second album, out via Tee Pee Records.

Download: “By the Rippling Green” – Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound (mp3)

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Pappy and Harriet’s is located in Pioneertown, which is about 2.5 hours’ drive from Los Angeles. It is next to Yucca Valley. The Joshua Tree National Park is 20 minutes’ drive away. Daytime in the summer is bright and hot, but, because of the high elevation (4,000 feet), significant cooling occurs as the sun sets and the stars come out. This ain’t Palm Springs or Coachella—nights are really pleasant here. Especially if you bring some space cakes.

Bonus: there is almost zero cel phone reception in Pioneertown, which helps you to enjoy where you are…

For inexpensive motel and camping options right behind Pappy & Harriet’s, check out

Pioneertown Inn

and

Pioneertown Camp Corrals

'You're a dog… and I'm drunk.' – New 'Paws' by Pete Toms


Pete Toms is back with a stunning, expanded ‘PAWS‘!

ARTHUR readers experienced a nine page preview toke of ‘PAWS’ in February, but who would have seen this one coming?

The comic is essentially a horror comic about a guy that only experiences the outside world through television trying to sell an autobiographical screenplay. It has all the same themes as my other comics, how people choose identity roles, the media’s effect on memory, how we mythologize our personalities, but this one has a lot more dogs and possibly werewolves, and jokes about how creepy sitcom laugh-tracks are.

I’m doing the same stuff as always, drawing at night, using my natural jazz dancing ability to put my kids through college during the day.

We found an interview Pete did with Ecstatic Days back in November where he talks about what’s abstract and what’s real. Enjoy and follow up if you please over at Pete’s website!

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New Pete Toms comic 'PAWS'

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Pete Toms is back with PAWS, another comic that blurs the line between fiction and reality.

The comic is essentially a horror comic about a guy that only experiences the outside world through television trying to sell an autobiographical screenplay.  It has all the same themes as my other comics, how people choose identity roles, the media’s effect on memory, how we mythologize our personalities, but this one has a lot more dogs and possibly werewolves, and jokes about how creepy sitcom laugh-tracks are.

I’m doing the same stuff as always, drawing at night, using my natural jazz dancing ability to put my kids through college during the day.

We found an interview Pete did with Ecstatic Days back in November where he talks about what’s abstract and what’s real.  Enjoy this 9 page preview and stay tuned to Pete’s website for the conclusion of the story!

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AWOL: C and D

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Above: artist’s representation of longtime Arthur music reviewers C and D by Pete Toms. C and D have been absent without leave since August, 2008, when they were last spotted driving a cloudy ’95 Ford Aspire around Atwater Village, wearing rainbow capes [unconfirmed].

HAVE YOU SEEN THESE “MEN”?
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'SOLUTION' pt. 1 by Stanley Lieber

Stanley Lieber is a comics factory, a house of ideas, a bullpen bullet, a Jim Starlin drawing, a Herzog documentary.  Check out his website to preview his new book, The Abandonment of Cruelty.  He’s currently compiling a comics anthology called FAKE which will contain his new Actron novella, ACTRON: MY STRUGGLE.  We will serialize the following chapters here on Arthur:

1. SOLUTION

2. MUSCLES

3. YOU’RE TRAPPED

4. ENSIGN SMURF

5. SOME GREAT REWARD

This week’s chapter is the first half of SOLUTION (colors by Pete Toms).

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